Huzzah, patriots! Our long national nightmare is … postponed for three months! Republicans took their licking, but they’re already planning a return to their old tricks next year. These people never give up, because conservatism can never fail, it can only be failed by RINOs. Lather, rinse, repeat.
For some delicious schadenfreude, enjoy this Tea Party Insult Generator, culled from actual insults posted to John Boehner’s Facebook wall. Internet, you have too much time on your hands.
Here’s a round-up of some other good news. Enjoy:
• Rep. Randy Neugebauer apologized for berating a National Park Service employee over the shuttered World War II Memorial.
• The Houston Chronicle regrets the error of endorsing Ted Cruz.
• Brayton Point, New England’s largest and dirtiest coal-fired power plant, will close by 2017.
• They found Yeti. It’s real.
• California becomes the first state in the nation to ban all lead bullets for hunting. This has been a long-cherished dream for environmentalists since forever. Lead bullets are extremely toxic and damaging to wildlife and the environment.
• In North Carolina, the Buncombe County Register of Deeds says he will accept same-sex couples’ marriage licenses. Buncombe County is home to the liberal enclave of Asheville.
• Related: a retired United Methodist bishop from Tennessee will officiate a same-sex wedding in Birmingham, AL, despite that state’s ban on gay marriage.
• Also related: in France, that country’s highest court has ruled that mayors cannot refuse to hold same-sex marriage ceremonies. Same-sex marriage was legalized in France back in May but some mayors and registrars protested and demanded a “conscience clause.”
• New charges have been filed against Blackwater contractors in the deadly 2007 shootings in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square in which 17 civilians were killed, including women and children.
• Gun loons decided holding a “Guns Save Lives Day” on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre made them look like assholes. They’ve rescheduled the event.
• Nancy Pelosi was inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame.
• Once called “The Stinky,” the Chicago River has been cleaned up and transformed into the city’s newest urban playground.
• This story was bizarre, straight out of a movie plot. In India, a child got separated from his family in a busy train station, went on to be raised in a series of orphanages and became a police officer. Now an adult, he was able to track down his birth family based only on a tattoo.
I’m just amazed a six-year-old could get lost in a train station and never find his family again.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• Knoxville will offer domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples, the second city in the state to do so.
• Chattanooga was named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live by Livability.com
This week’s cool video: you might have caught this on CBS News when it first aired, but I missed it. I love the idea of a photographer bringing strangers together. So cool: